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The New York Palace Jewel Suite

The New York Palace Jewel Suite is the ultimate hotel souvenir swag designed to impress. Forget signature toiletries and key chains. The New York Palace really knows how to ring in any day of the year and make it unforgettable. The recent $140 million renovations includes the  The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz paying New York Palace Suitehomage to the 50th anniversary of Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra. For $25,000 a night, a lucky Jewel Suite guest will receive an original Martin Katz Diamond Microband Ring valued at $2,500 in his Beverly Hills store or Bergdorf Goodman in New York City. Oprah Winfrey recently filmed the ‘Power Performances’ episode in this 5,000 square feet one-of-a-kind suite. Sandra Bullock is enshrined in one of the jewel cases.

The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz features glittering jewel-inspired tones and opulent fabrics invoke over the top luxury and romance with the interior bling valued at over $1.5 million. Stepping into the three level suite, literally took my breath away. The theme is immediately set with Port Laurent stone floors, diamond-like wall coverings, a 20-foot ‘diamond waterfall’ chandelier and ‘floating’ crystal jewel boxes featuring the distinctive jewelry by Martin Katz as a permanent feature of the foyer’s trend setting design. These spherical boxes also reflect the iconic Midtown NY skyline from the Grand Parlor’s floor-to-ceiling windows which serves as the perfect backdrop for the grand piano poised front and center like a true diva. The mirrored dining room seats 10 whose eyes will be equally drawn to the Katz designed glass mosaics and hand blown glass chandelier.

Ascending the circular staircase, all eyes are lifted up to the jewel-like cascading chandelier and into the perfect boudoir/study featuring a custom designed Lucite desk/table and also showcases even more spectacular jewels with framed Martin Katz designs in black and white. Entering the opulent Master Bedroom and serene Calcutta Tucci marble and polished black absolute granite Master Bath sets the stage for a very intimate act two. Silver and pearl velvet adorns the Art Deco-inspired chairs and a second bedroom also lavishly furnished with Katz’s inspirations. The suite can sleep 6. For its grand finale, to top all of this, the seasonal use third floor features one of the few wood burning fireplaces featured in any hotel in New York City. The ultimate final turn on is the spectacular iconic city views from the private outdoor terrace spa. It’s the perfect spot for an intimate dinner or breakfast or shout out your love from the New York Palace Suite 4literal rooftop!

Looking for something even more memorable? Ensure that the love of your life says yes and is not like Cleopatra (Queen of “de-Nile”). To ensure a resounding “I do!”, then The Ultimate Proposal Package includes accommodations in The Jewel Suite by Martin Katz; a private consultation with Mr. Katz (jeweler to the stars) for the creation of a custom-designed engagement ring and/or wedding band; plus a completely customized private dining experience just for the two of you on the breathtaking rooftop terrace. Rates for this package begin at $50,000 per night, based on the custom jewellery.

If after love, comes a fairy tale marriage, The New York Palace is the perfect place to continue the storybook romance, with or without The Jewel Suite. I know, because my daughter had a real fairy tale wedding at the Palace. Her daughter, even before staying at the Palace recently with the whole family, was sure she was a real princess, because she knew her parents got married and stayed in The Palace!  That is truly what family memories are made of! Now, though she is more excited about their American Girl Package!

You do not need to book the Jewel Suite to be treated like a celebrity or royalty at The New York Palace. All Tower accommodations include private reception and elevator, complimentary Wi-Fi, drop-off service, champagne, white roses and Michel Richard Truffles and you can leave the packing and unpacking to them!

Our Passionate Travel/Classic Travel online proprietary booking engine or customized experiences is unique in allowing real time Virtuoso booking in both the original and Tower accommodation and every Virtuoso rate always include our Virtuoso perks and privileges. Our amenities and perks at The New York Palace include complimentary daily continental breakfast for two in the restaurant or in room, a one-time $100 spa credit and a one level upgrade upon check-in subject to availability. There is no need for expensive club memberships or high fee credit cards and you have the freedom to pay with the card of your choice.

For more information and to book The New York Palace click here

For availability for the Martin Katz Jewel Suite or if you want to put a ring around it any time, and create your own ultimate proposal or an experience to remember anywhere in the world, please contact Randi Winter of Passionate Travel, a Virtuoso affiliate of Classic Travel. [email protected] 425.283.7690.

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Iron Chef Zakarian of The Benjamin Hotel Restaurant, The National, Serves up an Iron Chef Wine and Dine Experience

New Yorkers and visitors alike always are on the lookout for hotels in good taste and where they know the food also not just tastes good, but will entice even the most jaded foodie!. Now until March 31st, 2012, you can truly savor the best of New York City dining with Iron Chef Zakarian of The Benjamin Hotel’s hot restaurant The National with an “Iron Chef Wine & Dine” evening created in partnership with Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian and his team.

This culinary-lovers getaway includes tons of exclusive amenities:
• A special “foodie” amenity from Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian upon arrival
• A $75 gift card to The National – named one of NYC’s “50 Best Restaurants” by The New York Times
• A signature apron from The National
• A keepsake Zagat Restaurant Guide

The east side location of the Benjamin is a perfect blend for mixing business with pleasure as well as old and new. It’s 30-story 1927 architectural shell  the Benjamin is boasts a thorougly modern 21st century core,  with all the modern, updated, conveniences including its gym and spa.

To reserve your stay, email Randi Winter or call to book the Iron Chef Wine & Dine package. Check out our Virtuoso amenities at The Benjamin here.

Specialist in and Journalist of Inspired Pursuits

Passionate Travel/Virtuoso Affiliate of Classic Travel

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Niche Travel might be your best travel experience, ever, if you love watching Specialty Channels on TV!

Has mainstream TV lost its appeal? Are you increasingly turning to one of the Specialty Channels, focusing on travel and food, gardening and home improvement, women’s interests, extreme sports, adventure or nature? Maybe you already cut the cable and are watching the new breed of internet TV shows? Are your kids glued to the Disney channel? If any of the answers are yes, then you are probably a great candidate to experience the joys of niche travel, which promises a more rewarding personal experience integrated with YOUR interests and passions.

With travel opportunities expanding at an unprecedented rate, here are a few reasons why you might want to enlist the help of an experienced travel specialist who can help you get out of the “one size fits all” mentality and find the travel experience of a lifetime!

The top three niche travel markets are growing phenomenally, according to Amadeus’ travel experts are family travel (56 percent ), lifestyle travel (50 percent) and adventure travel (39 percent) with eco/green travel, religious travel, destination weddings. There is a quickly growing demand for travel by people on dialysis, in wheelchairs, with hearing or visual challenges as well..

Specialized travel companies and their employees and guides share your passion and enhance it with additional training and personal experience. This generates a high degree of mutual loyalty which is “hard to earn and easy to lose.” Consequently, both travellers and specialists tend to spend more time planning itineraries that incorporate activities and places that have a worth far greater than the dollars being spent, such as taking cooking lessons from famous chefs in their kitchens or homes, going on safari incorporating philanthropic and volunteer aspects to your plans, playing golf with Tiger Woods, exploring England through Harry Potter’s eyes, accessing private guided tours of the best museums of the world or even the Vatican before it is open to the public.

Niche Travel Specialists can make the impossible, possible. One of the most unique requests Randi Winter of Passionate Travel a Virtuoso affiliate of Classic Travel had, was from honeymooners going to Italy. At the last minute they wanted to be blessed by the Pope. One of the obstacles was that the bride and groom had to appear in their wedding clothes within 14 days of being married. Usually these requests go through your local clergy, but there was no time. When permission was finally granted, it was too late for them to pack their wedding clothes, so Randi took all their measurements and when they landed, the first stop was to a costume rental shop, where a wedding dress and tux was all ready for them to take to their hotel for their big day. What do you think they will remember for the rest of their lives?

Let your passion be your guide to a niche travel experience that will have you talking about what you did on vacation instead of where you went. Bucket lists, move over; you can have your favorite TV show come to life!   For some inspiration, check out Randi’s full website  Passionate Travel and to be inspired for hotel bookings with niche travel insider perks and privileges check out Classic Travel. Let your passions be your guide!



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One of the highlights of my trip last week to Northern and Southern California was definitely our trip to Napa.

With the growing sophistication of the wineries and the food has also come a new level of sophistication and choice in luxury lodging. The Carneros Inn is a definite standout in every category: lodging, location, food, wine, spa, architecture and activities. There is definitely something for everyone in this well appointed 27 acre property right off Highway 121. The cottages are reminiscent of what you would expect in the 1930s for the winery’s grape pickers-but the similarities end there. These well appointed cabins include Italian toiletries, and linen robes. Complimentary wireless coffeemakers, rocking chairs dining rooms, MP3 players are standard. If you are there for the view, it is worth the splurge for the rooms that face the vineyard. Don’t forget your yoga gear as they have a yoga studio and chances are you will be able to be accommodated in one of their 15 spa treatment rooms.

This is a romantic and ideal location for a wedding, family get together and equally up to the task for a corporate meeting with a generous 5,000 square feet of meeting space. Distances between buildings need not be a challenge with their complimentary golf cart transfers.

With three farm to table restaurants, you can count on contemporary California cuisine in Hilltop which is for guests only and serves breakfast and dinner, or FARM, which is their signature dining room with al fresco dining ¾ of the year. This is a very popular restaurant for guests and locals alike. Chef de Cuisine Andrew Budnyi is committed to crafting simple but elegant organic and sustainable food paired with the best wines of the region. The Boon Fly Café can also make picnic lunches to go-just don’t leave without one of their signature donuts.

Email me or call for more suggestionsto book your trip to Napa, San Francisco or wherever you want to create an amazing, memorable  experience.

Experience Napa Valley this summer and fall with a 33 percent  of rack rates on a stay of three or more night in a cottage or suite.

Exclusive Amenities at The Carneros Inn

  • · Upgrade to next room category on arrival, subject to availability
  • · $40 daily breakfast credit per room toward Full American breakfast at The Boon Fly Caf, The Hilltop Dining Room or Cottage Dining
  • · $50 Spa Treatment Credit per room, once per stay
  • · VIP wine tasting passes for 2 to The Vintners Collective, a small upscale tasting room in Historic downtown Napa. Guests will receive a full VIP tasting and opportunity to purchase limited production wines. Advance reservations through the concierge required, this is a $25 value per person.
  • · Early check in, based on availability
  • · Late check out, based on availability
  • · VIP Status

Randi Winter

Specialist in and Journalist of Inspired Pursuits
Passionate Travel/Virtuoso Affiliate of Classic Travel
[email protected]

For preferred pricing, perks & privileges at discerning hotels & resorts  www.passionatetravel.com/travelresources

604 261-7871/425 283-7690US Cell (PST)/604 671-3965 Cad Cell

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